Ameki Color is part of the Ameki Group, which was founded in 1982 and also comprises Ameki Meubles (furniture), Ameki Polyester & Plastic, and Ameki Real Estate.
Founded in 1982 by Jacques Rusirare, a Rwandan entrepreneur, Atelier de Meubles de Kigali (Ameki) started small as a furniture workshop serving the capital Kigali.
But as demand for furniture continued to grow, the quality raw materials, such as varnish to polish the furniture, were becoming increasingly expensive to access in the local market. The situation was very unfavorable to the furniture makers but Mr Rusirare spotted an opportunity he never regrets to have grabbed and exploited it to the maximum.
Entrepreneurial as he was, Mr Rusirare decided to set up a small paint-making plant primarily to make raw materials such as vanish for his furniture products. But still demand for paint was also growing, and with time Mr Rusirare increased the capacity of the paint factory until it grew to surpass the furniture section.
Since 1989, when Ameki Color was added to the initial furniture section, the paint plant has grown to become Rwanda’s leading paint maker, serving over 50% of the local market and exporting to the neighboring countries high-quality and long-lasting varieties of water and oil-based paints for different purposes.
Today, the Ameki brand, which has head quarters in the Gikondo Industrial Park, in Kigali, has four operational sections, which include Ameki Color, Ameki Meubles (furniture), Ameki Polyester & Plastic, and Ameki Real Estate.
Ameki Color is the largest manufacturing section of the Ameki Group, generating the biggest share of the company’s turnover. Through Ameki Color, the company manufactures a wide range of water and oil-based paints and it also has a section that assembles aluminum tins that carry the finished paints ready for the market. The plant currently produces various paints, including matt emulsion paint, pure acrylic emulsion paints (weather guard), wall master paints for exterior use, silk vinyl emulsion paints for interior use, high resistant floor paints (epoxy), non-priming roofing paints, high-traffic road marking paints, office and wood glue, and window putty.
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